Watch out for the doldrums

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May 10, 2014 Carcans – Maubuisson, France

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It was an exciting day with many lead changes during the race. We were lucky that the wind,promised yesterday, did in fact arrive! The CVB race committee was hard at work and completed four very good races.

MAR_8860Today’s overall winner, was once again Pablo Arandia scoring a 2,2,1,1. He had his boat dialed in and the breezier conditions agreed with him. Pablo felt that maybe the difference between yesterday and today was boat handling, “I should focus more on boat handling in the low wind range” maybe “also in high stress situations!” He explained that it is easy to do a decent tack when he feels no pressure, but when the pressure of the compition is there it is very difficult to pull off the perfect tack.

The other obstacle the sailors were dealing with was the ‘windward mark doldrums’, as Giovanni Galotti, sitting in 3rd place, put it. The wind shifted to the right for the last race which put the windward mark in a potential dead zone. The race course would have a solid breeze of 17 knots gusts to 18 knots, but the windward mark had barely 5 knots. Chris Rast scoring a 1,1,4,2 today lost 4 boats at the first windward mark rounding due to the ‘windward mark doldrums’, only to pass 4 boats that fell from their foils at the second windward mark.

MAR_8748This regatta is also the French Nationals. To win the French Nationals you must be French. The top French Sailor from the beginning of the regatta was Yann Andrillon, but the young Mathieu Frei took the lead today. There are many high profile French sailors that are starting to compete in the Moth Class and are sailing here in Maubuisson. Benoit Marie, 2013 Mini-Transat winner is a new comer in the class and is having fun just figuring out the boat. Sebastien Josse is a seasoned ocean racer competing in regattas like the Volvo Ocean Race and his most recent victories include the Transat Jacques-Vabre. As well as Sebastien Col, who is a World Class Match Racer. With all of this talent it can be intimidating, but Yann, an engineer and long time sailor, plays it cool, feeling fast downwind and making low risk decisions on the race course.

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 More photos from the regatta can be found in our Gallery

Video from yesterday can be found below!

Results of the EFG MothEuroCup Act 1 – Day 3

1. Chris Rast SUI – 14 Points

2 Pablo Arandia ESP – 19 Points

3. Giovanni Galeotti BEL – 27 Points

4. Diego Botin ESP -38 Points

5. Mathieu Frei FRA – 40 Points

6. Yann Andrillon FRA – 41 Points

7. Sebastien Josse FRA – 51 Points

8. Sebastien Col FRA – 55 Points

9.  Benoit Marie FRA – 89 Points

10. Ruiz Guillermo Gonzalez ESP – 91 Points

DAY2 from EFG MothEuroCup on Vimeo.

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